HUDDERSFIELD Racer Tom Sykes will be  hoping to make an  impression on ‘home’  soil as the FIM  Superbike World  Championship heads to  Silverstone this  weekend.

The Kawasaki Racing  Team rider in one of  Britain’s six World  Superbike riders who  are counting down to  the race, where they  will go head-to-head  with some of the best  riders in the world  backed by a passionate  and partisan crowd.

The Brits put on a  fantastic show at  Silverstone last year,  with all-British podiums  and a double-victory  for Cal Crutchlow in the  two Superbike races,  and expectations will  be high for a repeat of  last year’s success.

With plenty of  overtaking guaranteed,  Silverstone’s fast and  flowing Grand Prix  circuit is loved by the  riders and Sykes, who  secured pole position  three rounds ago in  Misano, will be keen to  replicate that kind of  pace around  Silverstone’s  high-speed circuit.

Sykes said: “I’m  really looking forward  to riding in front of  home support at  Silverstone, especially  with the new  Silverstone Wing pit  and paddock complex.

“I have to admit it will  be strange riding over  the old start-finish  straight and not seeing  my pit board hanging  over the wall, but from  what I have seen the  new facilities look  brilliant.”